Edgar Allan Poe quotes

Famous Edgar Allan Poe quotes, poems and sayings from literary works

One of the most prominent and influential Americans of the nineteenth century, Edgar Allan Poe’s literary collection was revolutionary for the time. As well as being credited with creating new literary genres, Poe was the first American to make a living as a professional writer. Quite the character away from his writing, Poe’s life was one of both tragedy and intrigue, and his contrasting experiences throughout his life were thought to have inspired his unique writing style.

The legacy he left behind is quite incredible, and thanks to his writings, people of all ages have benefited from his vast collection of works. A lot of his work is concerned with horror and sadness, but equally, his words have long been a source of inspiration for fellow poets and writers who are amazed by the incredible duality of his work and his ability to transcend multiple literary disciplines.

For the everyday person, Poe’s writing presents many quotable opportunities and is there as a reminder of what’s possible and plausible when working against the tide.

Meaningful quotes by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Actually, I do have doubts, all the time. Any thinking person does. There are so many sides to every question.

  • The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.

  • Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man.

  • In criticism, I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.

  • Invisible things are the only realities.

  • That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.

  • If you are ever drowned or hung, be sure and make a note of your sensations.

  • The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.

  • The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

  • Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.

  • I went as a passenger, having no other inducement than a kind of nervous restlessness which haunted me as a friend.

  • And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

  • There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.

  • Leave my loneliness unbroken

  • Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

  • Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.

  • All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.

  • Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.